Village of Key Biscayne
Navigating Through COVID-19--As a Village
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Good Afternoon, VKB Residents,
Today is Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and we are in week six of the Village of Key Biscayne's COVID-19 Response.
This Wednesday, April 22, will be the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This virus has shown us that it knows no boundaries, that the world is small and what affects some of us impacts all of us. We are all in this together. We must treat our Mother Earth with the care and respect she deserves. This virus is forcing us to reexamine much about our every day lives, so let's also take this opportunity to reexamine how we treat this planet and all of the life within its atmosphere. Start becoming more earth-conscious today, by participating in the Earth Week Challenge, a call to action by the nonprofit organization Before It's Too Late.
#EarthWeekChallenge #EarthDay2020 #KBSustainable #KBResilience #WeAreAllInThisTogether
This State of Emergency will last longer than anyone would like
We all want a quick end to this pandemic. We want our lives to return to normal, but we need to remember why that cannot happen yet. We have not yet reached the projected peak of this virus. The number of positive cases is still increasing daily in Miami-Dade County. The County Mayor and your Village government agree that it is too soon to re-open beaches and parks. Please be patient. Our beaches remain closed for your safety and the safety of all residents to minimize everyone’s potential contact with the virus. The more everyone complies with Emergency Orders, the sooner we can get back to the activities and places we love.
Every day the Village of Key Biscayne Incident Command practices the same response priorities:
Current Village of Key Biscayne COVID-19 Status
The Chart above illustrates current number of positive cases on Key Biscayne, from Florida Division of Emergency Management's daily COVID-19 Data Reports.
Village of Key Biscayne Cases as Percentage of the Population
The chart above compares Village of Key Biscayne's COVID-19 Cases with other Florida communities.
Cases on the Key and Testing
Due to the increased availability of local testing, residents should expect to see a corresponding increase in reported positive cases. Case numbers are provided by the Florida Department of Health. The data in the report may differ from data available on the Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard. In response to challenges with regard to the integrity of the FDOH data, we have been working with FDOH to better understand their testing reporting. As we have been stating, data in their reports are provisional and subject to change. As of 10:00 a.m. today, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) report indicates 60 positive COVID-19 cases on the Key.
Per data the Foundation provided to the Village, 336 residents have been tested since the launch of the pilot drive-thru testing site. An average of 60 residents are being tested each day.
To date, both the pilot mobile and drive-thru testing programs, have yielded six positive COVID-19 test results. The patients were notified by Firefighter Paramedics for the Mobile Testing Unit, and by BioCollections Worldwide, Inc. for the drive-thru testing site, respectively. The Village and Foundation are working on tailored communication materials to inform patients of best practice per CDC and next steps to take. Additionally, per the guidance of the Foundation’s Medical Director for the drive-thru testing program, post-testing guidance will be more prescriptive to ensure trace tracking and follow-up testing.
COVID-19 Pilot Drive-Thru Testing Site
The Village of Key Biscayne in collaboration with the Key Biscayne Community Foundation has launched a COVID-19 pilot drive-thru testing site for Key Biscayne residents. The test collection site is located at St. Agnes Catholic Church and is open to eligible Key Biscayne residents by appointment only. To make an appointment and find out if you are eligible for COVID-19 testing, residents should visit the Foundation’s testing portal at kbcovidtesting.org and complete the application. Submission of the application form does not guarantee a test. Residents will be contacted via email for an appointment, if you qualify.
A nasopharyngeal swab is administered to the test subject to collect a sample. The test being performed is a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR, which is authorized by the FDA under their Emergency Use Authorization. Results from this test are usually available within 24-48 hours.
If residents have COVID-19 related questions and wish to speak to someone, the Village of Key Biscayne COVID-19 Call Center (305-365-8910) is up and running Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Emergency Order 20-7 will take effect on April 22, 2020
All non-residents arriving on non-motorized vehicles are prohibited from entering the Village of Key Biscayne as of 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
Chief Press Foundation Relief Efforts in our Sister City
Minority communities like that of our Sister City are disproportionally affected by this pandemic. Chief Press, in partnership with Brother Soul Films, distributed food and other critical supplies to over 100 people in Liberty City as part of the Chief Press Foundation’s relief efforts. All goods were received from a handful of Key Biscayne residents who donated the products and provided funds for Winn-Dixie gift cards. In the worst of times we must remember those in the most dire of circumstances. Our commitment to our Sister City of Liberty City must continue to be their shining star.
Guidelines for Living by the New Rules
We are providing the above guidance specifically for condominiums, apartments, and multi-family dwellings. These are the rules we are all living by at this time, but it may be harder to know how to apply them in a non-single-family-home setting. This guide aims to assist everyone in complying with the Emergency Orders.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Online through June 3
Governor DeSantis has declared that Florida public schools will remain online through June 3, 2020, effectively for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Meal Distribution
Meal distribution beginning the week of April 20, 2020 will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 7 pm. Grab and Go Meals are available at any of the distribution sites on this list: M-DCPS Meal Distribution List.
Youth Project Key Biscayne
MAST Academy sophomore Victoria Zang has launched a community engagement initiative to encourage young people to wear masks as the new normal. Kids and teens can follow these steps to participate:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We have answers to your frequently asked questions available on the Village website. This webpage will be updated with new FAQs as we continue to work on answering your COVID-19-related questions.
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Emergency Order 20-6 effective Monday, April 13
If you are outside of your home, we encourage you to wear a facial covering. If you are entering an Essential Business you must wear a facial covering while inside.
The Village Manager executed Emergency Order 20-6 effective 8:00 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2020, in effect through Sunday, May 3, 2020.
Emergency Order 20-6 Mandates facial covering for employees and customers at all times while inside Essential Businesses.
Emergency Order 20-6 Encourages facial covering for all persons that are outside of their homes.
Remember, the general public should not acquire or utilize N95 or equivalent/higher rated masks, as those are critical supplies for health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, or other persons engaged in life/safety activities.
Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 20-20
Effective April 9, 2020, persons working in or visiting grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible shall wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.
Village of Key Biscayne Department Updates:
Office of the Village Manager:
Welcome Dr. Roland Samimy
We are pleased to announce the recruitment of the Village’s very first Chief Resilience and Sustainability Officer. Dr. Roland Samimy is a coastal systems and water resources scientist with a Ph.D. in Coastal Systems Science, an M.S. in Water Resources Engineering and an M.A. in Environmental Policy. He has held the position of Senior Scientist - Water Resources Technical Manager with Atkins North America (Miami Office) while also maintaining his 17-year long professional association with the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth where he continues to hold the position of Senior Research Manager for the Coastal Systems Program within the Department of Estuarine and Ocean Science. We are excited to propel much of our resilience and sustainability work to a new height with Dr. Samimy on board. #KBResilience
Key Biscayne Police Department:
See Something, Say Something
Public safety is one of the core pillars of our community. We encourage you to join the Village in our efforts to keep Key Biscayners home and safe #KBStayHome. If you see someone not practicing social distance, please report it to KBPD by calling (305) 365-5555. Failure to follow Emergency Orders puts us all at greater risk. #ItTakesAVillage
Building, Planning and Zoning/Public Works Department:
Permit Applications Allowed
The Village of Key Biscayne’s Building, Zoning and Planning Department will be allowing new permit applications for emergency repairs. To learn how the Department is currently operating and to learn more about new permits being issued at this time click here. To open the Building Application Permit form click here.
Building Code Inspections
There are new procedures for Building Code inspections to be used during the COVID-19 Emergency Period. Inspections can now be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org. Inspections may be performed by qualified professionals, or by the appropriate Village inspector virtually or on-site. Inspection requests must include a permit number, contact name and phone number.
Connecting to Sanitary Sewer
The Department of Environmental Resources (DERM) is intending to grant an extension to the deadline to abandon septic and connect to sanitary sewer. DERM is still determining how long the deadline should be extended. We will let residents know what their determination is for the extended deadline when that information becomes available.
Did you know that Miami-Dade County has permanent water restrictions? Click here to view the guidelines.
Working with Community Partners:
Key Biscayne Community Foundation: https://www.kbcf.org/covid19-resources/
Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce: https://www.keybiscaynechamber.org/
View all response updates and other information on the Village of Key Biscayne website:
Have a great Earth Week!
-Your Village of Key Biscayne
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